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Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)

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Frequently Asked Questions on Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)

  • Is obstructive sleep apnoea dangerous and must it be treated?
    Obstructive sleep apnoea has been linked to increased chances of heart disease, stroke, and irregular heart rhythms. Unfortunately, not all the long term effects of untreated sleep apnoea are known today. However, continual lack of refreshing sleep can lead to depression, irritability, lack of energy, a high risk of motor vehicular accidents, workplace accidents and many other problems. Most specialists agree that obstructive sleep apnoea is dangerous and should not be ignored.
  • If I have sleep apnoea, how can I help myself?
    Besides seeking medical attention, there are several things doctors suggest you can do to alleviate obstructive sleep apnoea including weight loss, quitting smoking, eliminating alcohol and avoiding sedatives especially before bedtime.
  • I don't awake repeatedly throughout the night. Does it mean I do not have sleep apnoea?
    No. Most people with sleep apnoea do not realise that they are awakening to breathe repeatedly throughout the night. This is because the arousal is slight and most people become accustomed to this. However even this slight arousal is enough to disrupt the pattern of sleep and lead to unrefreshing sleep.
  • What should I do if I think I may have sleep apnoea?
    The best thing is see your doctor. He may refer you to a specialist or sleep disorders unit for you to undergo evaluation which may include spending the night in a sleep lab to undergo a sleep study call polysomnogram.